The HOMEstay Shoutouts

While I sit on the couch feeling miserable, it is soothing to reminisce the better days of activity, racing and the company of good friends. One of the best parts of racing is travelling to the corners of the Earth visiting friends from different walks of life.

In general, these people all share our love for triathlon. What is great is all the other common interests I have learned and shared this past season. Without further ado, here is my thank you list and shout out to my homestays for 2007….

Cruikshank and pregnant Dana join us for post-Maui bevvies in the hot tub

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Down for the count

The first cycling training camp of the season went quite well. I actually felt myself getting fitter each day as I piled on about 22 hours of cycling in five days. However, tis the season for social engagements as well. So after my lovely 26 hour week (including swimming but not including 3 hours of plyometrics and a yoga class) I went to Ross’s staff party. A 3 am bedtime was not part of the proper training protocol so my post-camp week has been pretty awful……

 

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Fun In The Offseason

As published on triathletemag.com

Fun in the off-season

By Melanie McQuaid

Dec. 10, 2007 — November and December are finicky months. Here in Victoria we can get anything from torrential downpours, to 60mph winds, to gorgeous, blinding sun. What we do not have is snow — ever (well, maybe for two days every four years). For some athletes living in Victoria, the temptation to keep training all year round is strong. However, too much training in November can lead to sluggish mid-summer results. Other athletes have no problem pushing triathlon activities to the back burner and find it difficult to get moving when the weather is gloomy. The sweet spot would be somewhere in between the two, where you are motivated to train but are “hurrying slowly” towards fitness by incorporating a variety of other activities. As we are not “snow” people, to get away from our favorite triathlon activities on a regular basis we need to find other fun things to. I think the two most popular winter activities for athletes in Victoria include riding cyclocross bikes and “run/hikes”.

 

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Winter Wonderland

Well we got our first dump of snow this past weekend and it was GORGEOUS. Again, Blackberry photos are not good but you will get the picture.

Unfortunately, the snow was followed by warm temperatures and a storm called The Pineapple Express. A wall of water fell from the sky, washing away all of the snow and creating a huge amount of floodwater. Nuts!

Plus we felt an earthquake last week. I got my preparation kit done yesterday

Well, here is one of the photos.. Read on to see a couple more…

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Good Use Of Offseason Time

Besides some fun parties, I have been using my off season somewhat constructively as well. Number one is the technical mountain biking. In fact, I have done a very good job of scaring the crap out of myself on numerous occasions.

This particular line was worthy of a photo but word to the wise, Blackberry does not make a good camera . I am the yellow streak coming from the top of the rock.

Keep it rubber side down!

The Hat Party

 

Well the "off" training season was marked with the annual MelRoss party and this year the theme was HATS. Hilarious…. some funny photos with some of your favorite athletes …

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A recap of the 2007 season…

Well it is no secret that 2007 was not what I was looking for. A string of poor run splits since Temecula despite a season dedicated to improving my running has indicated some disconnect between training and results. Live and learn. Being a self coached athlete, I was convinced that it would eventually come around but unfortunately, it did not. Hawaii was not my finest performance in an athletic sense but I am certain it was great from a mental perspective. I was positive throughout the entire day despite how I was feeling and I am proud of how deep I dug in to hold onto second place. Truly that was the best I had on that day and even if I am not happy with it, I have to be satisfied with that. I am certain that no one has seen the best of me for an entire season and yet I was second at the World Championships, second overall in the US series, won a national XTERRA championships, won Canadian offroad tri champs and took second in three other XTERRA national stops. Bad season? Hmmm, lets put it all in perspective.

The great thing about this year was the good times I had with my friends all over the United States. I met the most amazing, gracious, witty and fun people in Alabama, Virginia, Colorado, California, Utah, Nevada and Hawaii. Add to that all of the racers I enjoyed pre-riding with, sharing tips with and toeing the start line with and you have a season I can happily recount for years to come. Despite some struggles with my form I still have so much fun doing what I do. XTERRA is the best! I really look forward to this off season to recharge, regroup and refocus….

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2007 XTERRA Maui Highlights

A highlight reel from this year’s World Championships on Maui. Noticeably fewer crashes to report so if you were ever thinking of joining us on tour, this is a good video to watch.

Congratulations again to Conrad and Julie!

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Gu Interview with Holly Bennett in Maui

Holly Bennett and I sat down together over breakfast and did a little post-race interview. Definitely a bit "on the edge" of appropriate but somewhat funny nevertheless.

Now I am going to have Sam looking for a fictional rematch…..

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XTERRA World Championships 2007 – Post Race Report

First off, thank you so much to all of you for sending me some incredible notes that were amusing, inspiring and entertaining. I love to hear from all of you and I appreciate every bit of support that went into this effort at Worlds. While it wasn’t what I wanted from my trip to Maui, I did do all I could to defend my 2006 title. Julie Dibens of Great Britain very clearly had a better day than any of us and her win was equally as dominant of mine from 2006. Ouch! That said, I congratulate her wholeheartedly and look forward to toeing the line next season when it is her turn to defend. I did fare a lot better than any of the other favorites for the Worlds this year in taking second place…..

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